May 10, 2010

Indy 500 1976: Al Unser

From Wikipedia

"Alfred "Al" Unser
(born May 29, 1939) is a former American automobile racing driver, the younger brother of fellow racing drivers Jerry and Bobby Unser, and father of Al Unser, Jr.. He is the second of three men to have won the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race four times, the fourth of five to have won the race in consecutive years, and is the only person to have both a sibling (Bobby) and child (Al Jr.) as fellow winners."

"Unser has led the most laps of any driver in the history of the Indianapolis 500, at 644. Unser broke Ralph DePalma's long standing record of 612 laps led on the last lap of his 4th victory.

Unser holds the record of being the oldest driver to ever win the 500 at 47 years old (1987), breaking the previous record set by his brother Bobby."

He finished 7th in 1976.

I always liked the Unsers. Bobby was my favorite to cheer for.

Maybe it was because the Unsers could spend millions of dollars on a race car and still use duct tape on it their helmet.

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